Chatting With: Julia Bakar, Founder of Yellow Submarine Preschool of Arts

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Learning arts doesn’t only teach kids to be expressive, but it also helps them understand other key areas of learning, such as language, maths, and science. When kids are encouraged to express their thoughts, emotions and feelings and take risks in making art that represents their identity, they learn how to make important choices and decisions; which is essential for young children; even more important for adults.

Named after a song by the English rock band the Beatles, Yellow Submarine is not a traditional preschool, but an art university designed for children. Co-founded by a former architect, Julia Bakar, Yellow Submarine seeks to offer a place of learning that teaches practical life skills to preschoolers while fostering emotional, physical and cognitive development.

Children learn best when they are given appropriate responsibility, allowed to make errors, decisions and choices, and respected as autonomous learners. As adults, we are to learn to recognise them as individuals who have feelings, ideas and are able to form relationships with others,” – Ms Julia Bakar, principal.

Taking its cue from a CoRT thinking method popularly known as “The De Bono Code” developed by Dr Edward de Bono at Cambridge University, Yellow Submarine aims to develop a skill in practical thinking and encourage students to look at thinking rather objectively.

Yellow Submarine Preschool of Arts offers 5 principal areas of learning. Each lesson is taught by qualified teachers with at least a diploma in Early Childhood Education or related field.

1) Architecture

An introductory architecture course designed for children; developed to encourage children to reflect on architectural content while learning other academic subjects such as Mathematics, Language, Art Education and English. When children learn architecture, they also learn critical thinking and become more aware of their environment through meaningful play and discovery-learning.

2) Culinary

These days, more kids than ever are discovering an interest in food and cooking. Measure one cup of water, roll out the dough, mix the ingredients; all these cooking tasks help kids develop necessary academic, cognitive and motor skills. When children learn cooking, they also learn to follow directions. Besides, cooking involves a great deal of measurement; consequently, kids will also learn various measurements such as cups, teaspoons and tablespoons.

3) Fashion Design

Fashion design is one of the many ways a teacher can do to attract more kids to STEM. When kids learn to sew, design, and make their own clothes, they also learn Mathematics and Geometry, among others.

4) Music & Movement

There are many benefits of music for children’s development, and they are well documented. A study based on 5 years of research published recently in the journal Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, shows that there are indeed differences between kids who learned to play instruments and those who didn’t.

5) Arts & Crafts

Arts & crafts activities foster a whole range of developmental skills in little ones, such as fine motor skills, identification of shapes, colour and texture, and creativity. Encouraging creativity can be advantageous to children’s educational development. Not forgetting, such fun activities will give them fond memories; and they tend to stay with them for the rest of their lives.

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